Doghouse bite hardest

Five-a-side football has reached
its most exciting stages. Wednesday night sees another set of playoff matches.

The second round for division two
of the WestTel five-a-side league sees three games on the WestTel arena of
Kings Sports Centre.

At 7pm Transformers take on Coconut
Joe’s, Appleby battles Chilled at 8pm and at 9pm The Security Centre faces off
with the Doghouse Devils. 

The other second round game was on
Monday and featured HSBC against Old Boys FC.

Round one was an entertaining
affair as Old Boys took down Maples and Calder 3-0, HSBC smashed BDO Tortuga
8-2 and Doghouse ravaged Caylight Legendz 10-0.

The result is plenty of intrigue for
Wednesday’s games.

Appleby features a pair of young
talents in Mark Ebanks and Derrin Ebanks (nine goals combined) who will have to
find a way to beat Marcus Ebanks, Mark Hogan and the other Chilled players.

Goal-scoring machine Ben Marler (14
goals on the season) of The Security Centre hopes his magic touch continues
against a Doghouse team featuring the two-headed scoring attack of Paul Wilcockson
(19 goals) and Fran Donoghue (eight goals).

Doghouse player Steve Piper says
his boys are up for the challenge.

“We’ve enjoyed our season so far
and we are quite confident we can reach the final,” Piper said. “It’s all about
scoring more goals to win going forward.”

In the other match on the evening
focus may initially be on the dynamite duo of Rob Patraulea and Ian Kenyon for
Coconut Joes (22 goals scored between them).

However the perseverance of the
Transformers team is the key. As team manager Sharon Lamb says it’s about the
side proving itself every week.

“All in all it has been a good
season for us,” lamb said. “We have stayed at the top and demonstrated once
again that we have what it takes to win.  My team has to prove so much
more than the others and they work very hard all season.”

Lamb, who saw 18 goals on the year
from McAndy Thomas and Cohen Daly, feels more success is in store for the team.

“We are hopeful of a victory. 
There are many good teams with great players this season but Transformers,
having been in the league for several seasons now, have demonstrated a very
professional approach to the game. 

“My squad is made up of inmates currently
residing at HMP Northward and a few officers however they have made an effort
to become a team that stands out and one that other teams are impressed by.”

Athletic Director at Kings Ray
Singh sums up Wednesday’s matches as an evening of football stars.

“The division
two quarter-finals should be very intense,” Singh said.  “The remaining
eight teams have proven they know how to win and the friendly competitiveness
of the players should add to the excitement. The top three teams had a bye
through the first round and should be well rested.

“There are some
big names playing this week such as Hank Parchment, Kenzel Dixon, Daniel Cummings
and Statan Clarke. That’s only the tip of the iceberg. With all of these teams
demonstrating their grit and skill this week the division playoffs are
definitely anybody’s game.”